Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in DC Area" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - May 10, 2011 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in DC, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in DC Area" award.

Each day, the Lead411 research team scours through 600+ press releases and business articles including venture capital fundings, company launches, new office openings, customer press releases, etc. This information has given insight to which are the fastest growing companies in the U.S. Their "Hottest Companies" awards have been created to recognize these fast growing companies in different geographic regions. This particular list originally started with over 855 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 43.

"We have been tracking fast companies for our customers for the past 10 years," said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411, "and we felt it was important to recognize these growing brands publicly."

How the Winners were Chosen
First, all companies must be in either the Software, Wireless, Internet, Hardware, or Media industry and be a privately held organization, and be within DC Area. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years; OR
  • ** Over $2M in funding in the past 2 years;

About Lead411
Lead411 provides information, news, and research about U.S. companies and their executives. Founded in 2001, its goal has been to focus on quality corporate data that is valid and useful rather than producing as many company records as possible. In addition, Lead411 tracks company news in order to alert its customers about venture financing, new hires, hiring plans, etc. Customers include Gartner, Administaff and ADP.


Approva Corporation
Approva is the leading provider of continuous controls monitoring software and is the industry standard for three of the five largest audit and advisory firms. We automate both IT and financial controls for all of the major applications companies rely on to run their business, including Oracle, PeopleSoft and SAP. By using our software companies can reduce risk, prevent fraud, lower their compliance costs and identify area of operational improvement. Approva got a hold of $14M in venture funding in August of 2009.

Clearspring Technologies, Inc
Clearspring Technologies is the leader in connecting publishers, services and advertisers to audiences on the social web. Ranked #1 by comScore, Clearspring's AddThis platform enables leading publishers to distribute and track digital content such as web pages, widgets, and videos to social networks, bookmarking sites, blogs, and more. The company got a hold of $35M in financing in December of 2009.

DATA's strength resides in its combined expertise, management experience, and accomplishments that allows us to provide innovative solutions to our clients' business challenges. Quality, integrity and customer satisfaction form the cornerstone of our work ethic and commitment to our clients. The company has raised $2M in venture money in May of 2010.

Motionsoft is a leading provider of of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and financial solutions to the health and wellness industries. The company serves nearly 2000 clients in the USA, Mexico, Canada, and Europe, including commercial gyms, family activity facilities, schools, universities and hospitals/corporate-based wellness facilities. The company landed $5.5M in venture funding from Edison Venture Fund in August 2010 and has increased its revenues by 281% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $8.4M in 2009.

ScienceLogic is committed to helping IT simplify data center and cloud management with a single integrated solution that provides value immediately. ScienceLogic’s patent-pending EM7 product is engineered to deliver comprehensive systems, network and application management out-of-the-box. The company received $15M in venture funding from New Enterprise Associates in April of 2010.

Savi Technology Inc
Savi Technology delivers hardware and software solutions that help organizations track and better manage the physical objects like supplies equipment and cargo that are central to operational success. Savi landed $10M in venture funding from Cianna Medical in April of 2009.

Welocalize offers integrated translation services and products to support the need for on-demand translation. We provide globalization consulting, translation, localization, testing solutions and enterprise translation management tools that are optimized to be able to deliver on-demand translation in over 100 languages. The company received $34M in venture funding from Riverside Partners in November of 2010.

Vovici Corporation
Vovici is the leading provider of intelligent online survey management and feedback solutions. Powerful, scalable and easy to use, Vovici’s solutions help companies engage customers, employees and partners to increase loyalty, facilitate innovation, and influence critical business decisions. More than a thousand organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 500, rely on Vovici to turn information into action. Vovici has raised $6.3M in venture funding led by Austin Ventures in April of 2010.

Grab Networks
Grab Networks was founded on a single premise: that ad-supported online video content providers, web publishers and advertisers must be able to profitably and efficiently transact within a Syndicated Media Economy. Based on the concept of video as an online content service to deliver unparalleled licensed content, advertising and syndication services to millions of websites and niche communities throughout the Web, grab Media Network offers far more than a video ad network. Grab Networks landed $12M in venture funding from Horizon Technology Finance in June of 2009.

Indisoft LLC
Columbia, Md.-based IndiSoft LLC develops, licenses and supports a wide range of SaaS solutions for the financial services industry, including RxOffice Legal, RxOffice Mortgage Insurer and RxOffice Reporting Portal. IndiSoft continues to lead the innovation in transforming how the default servicing industry communicates and exchanges information. The company has increased its revenues by 163% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $2M in 2009.

Digital Signal Corporation
Digital Signal Corporation (DSC) is the world leader in three dimensional (3D) long-range facial recognition solutions for government and commercial clients. We offer comprehensive enterprise biometric solutions and customized applications to suit customer needs. The company received $15M in funding from Columbia Capital in April of 2011.

LucidMedia Networks Inc
LucidMedia is the most comprehensive and transparent digital advertising management platform for targeting and optimizing display campaigns. The LucidMedia demand-side platform (DSP) with ClickSense® page-level contextual analysis and intelligent real-time bidding (RTB) is available as both self-service and managed service to interactive agencies and brand advertisers. LucidMedia has raised $4.5M in venture money from MMV Financial (MMV) in June of 2010.

Netuitive Inc
Netuitive provides predictive analytics software for IT. Netuitive replaces human guesswork with automated mathematics and analysis to forecast, identify and resolve IT performance issues before they impact quality of service. Hundreds of customers, including eight of the 10 largest banks, rely on Netuitive to proactively manage the performance and capacity of their their IT infrastructures -- physical, virtual and cloud. The company landed $10M in venture funding led by MK Capital in June of 2010.

GigaTrust is a leading provider of email security and content protection software products and services with customers in both the public and private sectors. GigaTrust is the only provider of the Intelligent Rights Management™ solution, which combines innovative next-generation content security technologies built on the foundation of Microsoft® Rights Management Services. The company received $12.7M in financing in August of 2009.

Telarix, Inc
Telarix is the leading provider of Interconnect Business Optimization solutions to global wireline, wireless, broadband and VoIP communications service providers. Telarix allows service providers to leverage operational intelligence within their networks to enable real-time business decisions impacting operational efficiency, margin optimization, vendor agreement management and other mission-critical interconnect business processes. Telarix got a hold of $20M in venture funding from Brown Brothers Harriman in April of 2010.

Parature Inc.
Parature is a global leader in Web-based customer service software, enabling organizations to better serve, support, engage with and retain their customers. We are dedicated solely to Web-based customer service and support software. Parature has increased it revenues by 107% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $11.8M in 2009.

Sonatype is transforming software development. The company was founded by Jason van Zyl, the creator of Apache Maven, to deliver innovative solutions that increase developer productivity, improve project management and reduce business risk. Sonatype received $11.6M in financing from in Accel Partners in September 2010.

Reality Mobile LLC
Founded in 2003, Reality Mobile is expanding the frontiers of enterprise mobile technology by giving users access to video, data and expertise throughout their organization and the world at the push of a button. With a focus on meeting the enterprise need for strict security, rigorous manageability, collaboration and real-time decision making, RealityVision allows organizations to simultaneously share multiple information flows in an instant. Reality Mobile collected $6.5M in venture funding in October of 2009 led by Energy Ventures.

VitalSpring Technologies Inc
VitalSpring Technologies is the first enterprise technology company to deliver business intelligence solutions that enable large, self-insured corporations government agencies, payers, hospitals and providers to better manage and control healthcare costs and quality. VitalSpring is the only enterprise technology platform that is able to link data from every part of the healthcare supply chain from employer to the provider and everything in between. The company has increased its revenues revenues by 240% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $8.5M in 2009.

Resonate Networks
Resonate is the first online ad company to connect advertisers with audiences by understanding why people engage with a brand, campaign or issue. Its unique approach asks people about the values that drive their decisions allowing Resonate to deliver the right audience in the most optimal locations online. The result: ad campaigns that deepen convictions and change minds in a way that traditional online advertising can't. Resonate got a hold of $5M in funding led by Greycroft Partners in June 2010.

Koofers Inc
Koofers, Inc. is a social learning company transforming higher education through student-driven, intercollegiate collaboration. Founded in 2008, Koofers empowers students to help each other learn by providing open and free access to: course materials, class and professor ratings, study aids and more. By leveraging Facebook and the social graph, Koofers can use its university data to create a more personalized and relevant student experience and foster collaboration in a way that's never been done before. Koofers landed $5M in funding led by Revolution in September 2010.

PointAbout, Inc
PointAbout specializes in creating a Mobile Services Layer and robust enterprise mobile app creation for the world’s largest brands including Disney, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Gannett, GM, OnStar, Cars.com and Politico on leading platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The company has increased its revenues by 229,999,900% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $2.3M in 2009.

Synteractive Corporation
Synteractive was founded in 2003 and is committed to solving the really big problems in the world through social and technological innovation. We radically improve agility, effectiveness, and efficiency for businesses, the public sector, and non-profits. Our products simplify cloud computing, enhance data collaboration, increase transparency and accountability, and leverage the power of crowd sourcing and social media. Synteractive has increased its revenues revenues by 390% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $5.3M in 2009.

Zantech IT Services, Inc.
Zantech provides enterprise information systems solutions to Federal Government agencies and industry clients. Zantech utilizes state-of-the-art methodologies to develop total systems solutions that meet mission-critical requirements and provide customer-specific solutions for enterprise information systems. The company has increased its revenues by 11815% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $4.7M in 2009.

American Cadastre, LLC
AMCAD, based in Herndon, VA, has provided solutions and services to government agencies for more than 25 years. AMCAD is a “full service” company dedicated to automating records for government and business. AMCAD offers an array of solutions for government offices for Court Management Systems, Jail Management Systems, e-Filing Systems, Rapid Online Access Method Web Portal (ROAM), Land Records, Vital Records, and County-wide solutions for automating and converting records to on-line systems. AMCAD has increased its revenues by 103% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $36.2M in 2009.

Intelliworks Inc
Intelliworks enables enrollment and admissions professionals to make purposeful connections with students through its Web-based relationship management, marketing and recruitment software and services. Leading institutions around the globe leverage Intelliworks' relationship management solutions for higher education to increase enrollment, enhance marketing performance and improve operational efficiency. Intelliworks got a hold of $2.25M in financing in June of 2009.

JackBe Corporation
JackBe is the Real-Time Intelligence Company. JackBe’s Presto is the fastest way for organizations to gain actionable Real-Time Intelligence to make smarter decisions faster, delivering immediate insight directly from live sources when and where organizations need them. JackBe got a hold of $3.5M in venture funding in April of 2010.

Clarabridge is the leading provider of sentiment and text analytics software for customer experience management. Clarabridge enables Global 1000 enterprises to achieve a universal understanding of their customers by automatically collecting, classifying, scoring sentiment, and analyzing qualitative data found in voice of the customer feedback channels. The company received $4.26M in financing in April of 2010.

kajeet, Inc
Kajeet, the cell phone service made for kids, is based in Bethesda, MD, but kids are the center of our universe. kajeet keeps parents talking with their children and teens with online parental controls and kid-friendly features. With kajeet, there are no pesky contracts or surprise bills. Parents can find kajeet phones online at kajeet.com. The company received $18M in venture funding in January of 2011.

Jobfox is the largest online network of matchable professionals, connecting thousands of employers with the most qualified individuals among millions throughout the Jobfox Network. Through Jobfox’s unique network building technology, the site is able to create mutually beneficial connections between qualified professionals and recruiters. This results in faster time to hire the best talent for recruiters, and empowers candidates with the best tools to land the right job in less time. Jobfox received $2M in funding in December of 2009.

Alawar Entertainment
Founded in 1999, Alawar Entertainment specializes in the development, publication and distribution of casual games, reaching players in over 60 countries. The company is the leading distributor of casual titles in Eastern Europe and has published more than 200 casual PC games globally, including leading downloadable brands like Farm Frenzy®, Craze® and The Treasures of Montezuma. Alawar Entertainment landed $3M in new money in February of 2010 from Almaz Capital.

Message Systems, Incorporated
The industry leader in messaging technology, Message Systems offers a family of software solutions and services that addresses the digital communications needs of today’s most innovative companies. Telecommunications carriers, ISPs, marketing services providers, cloud computing firms and social media companies rely on Message Systems software to power the message-based communications driving their critical business initiatives. The company landed $6M in funding from NewSpring Capital in March of 2010.

OPOWER is an energy efficiency and Smart Grid software company that helps utilities meet their efficiency goals through effective customer engagement. Using cutting edge behavioral science and patent-pending data analytics, the OPOWER platform enables utilities to connect with their customers in a highly targeted fashion, motivating reductions in energy use, increased program participation and overall customer satisfaction. OPOWER has raised $50M in venture money led by Accel Partners in November of 2010.

SB Nation
SB Nation is the largest and fastest-growing network of fan-centric online sports communities. From the beginning, we've focused on developing the highest quality grassroots sports sites on the web—recruiting only the most respected bloggers and writers to build their communities at SB Nation and empowering passionate fans to engage in the conversation. SB Nation got a hold of $10.5M in venture funding in November of 2010.

Virtustream Inc
Virtustream is an innovative Cloud provisioning firm committed to delivering modernized “next generation” infrastructure services to enterprise class customers. Virtustream leverage our secure high performance platform, xStream, to deliver highly available and elastic compute resources at true consumption-based pricing. The company collected $40M in financing led by Intel Capital in May of 2010.

DrFirst Inc
For over a decade, DrFirst has been a pioneer in the health IT (HIT) industry, becoming the leader in standalone electronic prescribing (e-prescribing). DrFirst was the first company to establish connections to both RxHub and Surescripts, the first to systematically provide e-prescribing services for EHR vendors, the first to provide medication history and electronic discharge prescribing for hospitals, and the first to electronically transmit prescriptions for controlled substances under a DEA waiver. DrFirst has increased its revenues by 220% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $10.9M in 2009.

DubMeNow Inc
DUB is the first cross-platform application developed by DubMeNow Inc., for exchanging and updating contact information, including social networks, using a mobile phone. The company has developed applications for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Google Android. DUB has partnered with RIM, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce.com and continues to add new partners. DUB collected $2.8M in financing from Syncom Ventures in February of 2010.

LivingSocial offers daily deals on handpicked experiences that can be shared with friends. Our mission is to add surprise to every calendar. So we dig deep, pursuing both the things that define a place and the undiscovered jewels. We design total experiences that bring an adventurous, loyal new following to local businesses. The company landed $400M in venture money led by Amazon in April of 2011.

EverFi, Inc.
EverFi is the leading education technology platform to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills including Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, Substance Abuse, and additional product areas to be announced in 2011. The company is already powering a national movement in 50 states that enables students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media,high-definition video, diagrams and avatars. EverFi got a hold of $11M in financing from New Enterprise Associates in September of 2010.

Nova Datacom
Nova Datacom provides solutions that help our customers expand, improve, and strengthen their capabilities to exceed their mission assurance objectives. Focused on four main practice areas, Business Continuity/Emergency Preparedness; Information Assurance/Cyber Security; Governance, Risk, and Compliance; and Enterprise Networking, NDC provides expert-level expertise and best practices across multiple technology segments. The company has increased its revenues by 645% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $35.3M in 2009.

Openet is the most innovative provider of Subscriber Optimization Software (SOS) to tier one communications and media service providers. To succeed, today’s operators must know their subscribers, deploy innovative business models and control the allocation of network resources. Openet's offerings are engineered to attract subscribers and provide an optimal experience, minimize the cost to serve them and maximize revenue—making the most of every subscriber. Openet received $10.5M in venture funding led by Cross Atlantic Capital Partners in February of 2010.

Sawbuck Realty
Sawbuck Realty is an online real estate broker that combines an industry-leading Web site with an award-winning, consumer-friendly business model. The company connects buyers and sellers with top local real estate agents and streamlines their transactions. Sawbuck Realty got a hold of $2M in funding from A. H. Belo Corporation in July of 2009.

SnagFilms LLC
SnagFilms.com is a website where you can watch full-length documentary films for free, but we’re also a platform that lets you “snag” a film and put it anywhere on the web. With a rapidly-growing library of thousands of films, each individually selected by our industry expert curators, you’re bound to find films that resonate with your interests. The company landed $10M in funding led by New Enterprise Associates in January of 2011.
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